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Hubble Sees Cosmic Quintuple

27 Aug 2021, 13:05 UTC
Hubble Sees Cosmic Quintuple ESA/Hubble & NASA, T. Treu Acknowledgment: J. Schmidt

Clustered at the center of this image are six brilliant spots of light, four of them creating a circle around a central pair. Appearances can be deceiving, however, as this formation is not composed of six individual galaxies, but is actually two separate galaxies and one distant quasar imaged four times. Data from the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope also indicates that there is a seventh spot of light in the very center, which is a rare fifth image of the distant quasar. This rare phenomenon is the result of the two central galaxies, which are in the foreground, acting as a lens.

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